Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday Thirteen 331: Words from The Bard

Yesterday, April 23, is the day celebrated as William Shakespeare’s birthday, though his actual birth date is unknown. In honor of The Bard's 450th birthday, here are the top thirteen Shakespearean quotes listed at Goodreads.

1. "The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool."
As You Like It

2. "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."
All's Well That Ends Well

3. "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."
A Midsummer Night's Dream

4. "Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them."
Twelfth Night

5. "This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."

6. "Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love."

7. "I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed!"

8. "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves."
Julius Caesar

9. "All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages."
As You Like It

10. "If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die."
Twelfth Night

11. "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

12. "Hell is empty and all the devils are here."
The Tempest

13. "We know what we are, but not what we may be."

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesday 215: The Lost Symbol

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

This week I am reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. The teaser below is from about midway through the book.

Change your location. Now!

Still struggling to catch her breath, she began moving down the wall, touching her left hand quietly to each exposed steel stud as she passed. Stay along the wall. Slip past him before he corners you.

(Chapter 47)


Famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon answers an unexpected summons to appear at the U.S. Capitol Building. His planned lecture is interrupted when a disturbing object—artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the building. Langdon recognizes in the find an ancient invitation into a lost world of esoteric, potentially dangerous wisdom. When his mentor Peter Solomon—a longstanding Mason and beloved philanthropist—is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that the only way to save Solomon is to accept the mystical invitation and plunge headlong into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and one inconceivable truth . . . all under the watchful eye of Dan Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol is an intelligent, lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn—Brown's most exciting novel yet.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Friday Skywatch 56

My attempt at photograpging a near-full moon, April 14, 2014.

LINKING TO: Skywatch Friday

Thursday Thirteen 330: Recently Read

Here's the latest addition of what I've read in recent weeks. As always, click on any cover to find out more about a particular book.


ROW 1: The Mark of Athena is book three in The Heroes of Olympus YA fantasy series by Rick Riordan. Another YA book, Peter Pan, was the March classic group read. I followed it up by watching both the Disney animated and Universal Studios live action movie versions. The Cat, The Mill and The Murder is book five in Leann Sweeney's Cats in Trouble cozy mystery series.

ROW 2: I caught up a bit in the Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton with books eight and nine -- out of nineteen -- and also caught up on the Flower Shop series by Kate Collins with Throw in the Trowel. And now I have to wait an entire year for book sixteen.

ROW 3: The first two books in this row were novellas that were free for both Nook and Kindle a couple weeks ago. I liked Savage Echoes by RT Wolfe and would be interested in reading book one of that series, while Sugar & Spice by Tawny Weber was merely okay. Night Broken is book eight of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series.

ROW 4: Beyond Control by Bronwyn Jameson was a book fished out of Mount TBR to fit a mini-challenge to read a book by an Australian author or set in Australia -- this book met both criteria. Two more romances read were both third books in their respective trilogies, Three Sisters Island and Inn BoonsBoro, by Nora Roberts. I recommend reading both series in order.

ROW 5: I received The Widow's Walk by Robert Barclay from the publisher through Goodreads' giveaway program. This was the first book I'd won from GR in three years and was a pretty good one -- aside from the author's annoying "just then" problem. You don't want to get me started on that.

YOUR TURN: What have you been reading lately? Any here you might like to pick up?

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(even though I can no longer access the hub)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Random Photo: Bird House

Bird house, UW Arboretum ~ Madison, WI ~ March 25, 2012

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Skywatch Friday 55

From the evening of Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

LINKING TO: Skywatch Friday

Thursday Thirteen 329: Slipper Socks

My feet always seem cold, especially during winter. Living above an unheated basement does not help. There were times during those endless below freezing days this past winter when I was actually wearing two pairs of slipper socks -- sometimes over a regular pair of socks. Here are thirteen pairs of slipper socks from my vast collection.

The pair I'm wearing right now.

A favorite pair, these are loose enough to fit over other pairs, and have a nice cuff.

A not so favorite pair, these were a gift I rarely wear.

My favorite style, these are more like booties than actual socks,
but the style is impossible to find anymore.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Wordless Wednesday 128: Sidewalk Reflections

Photos taken Friday, March 14, 2014 as the mounds of snow finally started to melt. These were taken along a nearby bike path, where snowmelt with nowhere else to go pooled across the pavement.


Wordless Wednesday

Create With Joy

Monday, April 07, 2014

Teaser Tuesday 214: The Widow's Walk

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

This week I am teasing from a book due out the end of this month, a copy of which I received through Goodread's "first reads" program, and the first one I have won from them in three years. This is from the opening of The Widow's Walk by Robert Barclay.

Her name was Constance Elizabeth Canfield, and for as long as she could remember, she loved gazing at the ocean.

No matter the weather, Constance found the froth-topped waves reassuring and filled with promise. In her world she could rely upon few things, but the waves were always there. She loved their consistency of purpose, and their constant determination to assault the rocky shoreline that lay so near her house. She also found them exciting, because they would one day bring her husband back to her. So she patiently watched and waited as they worked their welcome magic on her lonely soul.


In the spirit of The Notebook and The Time Traveller's Wife comes Robert Barclay's haunting and romantic novel of passion, destiny, loss and an eternal love that will bring two people together across time . . .

His name was Garrett Richmond and he had always wanted to live by the ocean. So when the opportunity to buy-and renovate-the old home known as Seaside arrived, he leapt at the chance. Never mind that his friends and family thought he was crazy, he knew he could return this lonely mansion, worn by time, wind, and neglect, to its former beauty. But Seaside was more than just a project; it was spot that had called to him his entire life.

And then one night he saw her.

Her name is Constance Elizabeth Canfield and she tells him Seaside has been her home for over 150 years. But Constance is no ghost; rather, she claims that she has been somehow magically trapped between this life and the next. At first, Garrett can't believe her crazy story-the woman had to be lying! And yet, there was something about Constance that was from another time . . .

Soon this mysterious woman, and flesh and blood man share a closeness they cannot deny. But just as their love begins to bloom, Constance's presence starts mysteriously fading away, soon to be gone forever. Is their love doomed-or is it strong enough to transcend time, and even death itself?

DISCLAIMER: A free copy of this book was received from the publisher through Goodreads. As this is an uncorrected proof, text may be different than the short passage quoted here.